Between 1881 and 1926, this platform at the old Somerville Junction Depot saw 40 steam powered passenger trains a day, transporting people from Boston to Northampton, MA. Most of these were local commuter accommodations as well as mail and express trains. Freight trains--many of them a mile or more in length---passed through as well. There was a passenger ticket office and a Western Union office there. Passenger rail use began its long decline shortly after WWI as automobiles became more available and as cities like Somerville developed their streetcar networks. The last trains road the tracks around 1926.
Images from the collection of John Alan Roderick.